A Royal Navy Weapons Engineer from Gorebridge is currently on exercise in the Middle East.
Able Seaman Chloe Thomson (19), is deployed on HMS Bulwark which is sailing alongside the Royal Navy of Oman on Exercise Omani Cougar.
Chloe, who attended Lasswade High School joined the Royal Navy in January this year making this her first deployment.
Her job as a Weapons Engineer is to maintain all aspects of communication, navigation and the weapons systems.
She said: “I am proud that I’m making a place for myself and can get my hands dirty.”